|Even I can appreciate this weeping cherry tree!|
Can you believe it’s April? I’m an oddball who gets a little blue in constant sunshine, and I’m downright cranky in the heat of summer (and, actually, spring, too). I love that my corner of the world is such a verdant shade of green right now, but I love the orange and red and yellow of autumn even more. I’m already counting down. One of my favorite days in the year comes in late-ish June. The summer solstice gives me hope that the heat will eventually fade a little.
This spring is a little easier because I’ll soon be doing revisions on a Scrooge-themed story that will come out in October’s Heartwarming lineup. I also need to write a Thanksgiving novella, and Thanksgiving is my absolute favorite day. After that, another holiday novella. So—through the months of heat and sun that literally sucks the life out of me, I’ll be writing about cool days and crisp nights, snow and family and holiday excitement.
Everyone around me is pretty excited about blooming flowers and greening trees and rising temps, so I need a little lifeline—pretending this part of the year is actually another fall and winter, by writing stories about my favorite seasons.
The funny thing is—I wish I were different. I’d love to be like everyone else, seeing renewal in this time of year, but I’m about to start hopping from shade to shade, swimming early in the morning or late at night, to avoid that sun. Writers often swim against the stream because we’re a strange mix of introversion and “Look—I wrote a book. I hope you’ll like it!” But this time of year, I feel as if I’m the only soul in this hemisphere yearning to escape spring. Probably because I am.
This is probably the quirkiest thing about me, and I really would change it because I'd love to embrace a 4th of July picnic, or a summer concert under the sun. What’s one thing you’d change about yourself?
I’d love to send a copy of Now She’s Back to someone who has a quirk to share in the comments. Hope you’re already enjoying a fabulous spring! (And I’ll try not to over-envy anyone who got to celebrate the change of seasons with unexpected snow!)